LAMINATE FLOORING Pro’s and Con’s


Hand Scraped Laminate Flooring

Hand Scraped Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is manufactured in two basic types today, wood laminate flooring and plastic laminate flooring. Wood laminate flooring has a plywood base with a wood veneer or an image of wood applied to the top with a plastic veneer on top of that for protection. Wood laminate is most often made of three layers and is somewhat less than half an inch thick. Wood laminate does not generally allow for refinishing of the floor. Wood flooring laminates come with enhanced durability and resistance to scratches, dents and wear over wood floors. Wood laminates are generally slightly more expensive than plastic laminate flooring.
Wood laminate is different than engineered wood in the thickness of the wood veneer layer applied and the use of a plywood backing. Engineered wood uses three to five layers of wood, each with equal thickness, applied in a crisscross style for strength and durability. Both types of flooring, Laminate and Engineered Wood, use a wood veneer top, but wood laminate flooring has a v thinner veneer upper most or an image of wood, while an engineered wood floor has a real wood veneer that is thick enough to be sanded and refinished multiple times. Engineered wood flooring is generally more expensive than laminate wood flooring.
Plastic laminates for floors are usually manufactured thicker than wood laminate flooring, measuring about ½” thick for most flooring options. Plastic laminates have a fiberboard inner core with top and bottom layers of laminate, with no real wood. Although they can never be refinished, plastic laminate floors resist all stains, are very hard wearing and resist fading far better than wood. They are a reasonably inexpensive flooring solution and provide high value to the floor.
Each type of laminate flooring is nearly stain proof and they each resist fading from to exposure to UV light. Laminate can be installed over nearly any subfloor, including over other flooring types, using a floating installation method. Laminate flooring comes pre-finished, is wear resistant and can be used on any floor in the home even in kitchens and bathrooms. Laminate is easy to maintain and will hold up under even very heavy foot traffic. Laminate flooring of either type is very quick and easy to install on the floor and can be a do-it-yourself project should you choose to do so. Laminate flooring comes in flooring planks that fit together in a tongue-and-groove manner or snap together in place. Laminate works over nearly any subfloor, including other flooring types, and because it is installed using a floating method, there are no specific tools required and no adhesives involved.
A list of “Pro’s” includes:

•    Installation Ease.
•    Durable Surface.
•    Cleans Easily.
•    No Imperfections/Wasted Pieces.
•    As a “Floating Floor” can be installed over vinyl or painted floors.
•    Great Variety.
•    Cost is typically one half to two thirds the cost of real wood.

A list of “Con’s” includes:

Beach colored laminate floor

Beach colored Laminate Floor

•    Not real wood – While this doesn’t matter to many, it does to some.
•    Hard surface to walk on.
•    Can be Slippery for animals or socks.
•    Not “Sandable” or “Refinishable.”
•    Requires proper installation on a flat floor.

While LAMINATE AS NEW FLOORING is often presented as something ‘made’ for DYIers, the reality is that without the proper tools and more than a basic knowledge of flooring, DYI can result with a finished product less than totally acceptable.
LAMINATE AS NEW FLOORING is something you may very well want to give serious thought to if, in fact, you want something very special in your home.  To learn more about this you will want to contact Chris Brown of BRANDI CARPET at 602-475-0931 or info@brandicarpet.com and he and his staff will provide you with all the pertinent information you will need regarding this issue!!

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